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Enthusiastic welcome for long-awaited unitary patent

The single European patent, adopted yesterday (11 December) by the European Parliament, has been welcomed by the European Patent Office (EPO), and most political groups.

Bernhard Rapkay, a socialist member of the European Parliament, called the Parliament’s vote “good news” for small businesses in Europe. He said: “The new EU patent will boost innovation and bring them relief in a time of economic crisis.”

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